Richard K. Whitty earned his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law, graduating with High Distinction. He also earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Drake University, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Whitty has been admitted to practice in Iowa since 1980. Through Martindale-Hubbell, his peers have rated him "Preeminent", the highest rating accorded for legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, legal experience, and ethical standards. Mr. Whitty is a member of the Dubuque County, Iowa, and American Bar Associations, the Iowa Defense Counsel Association, the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, and the Defense Research Institute, Inc. He has served on the Iowa District 1A Judicial Nominating Committee.